William O’Brien Jr. is Associate Professor at the MIT Department of Architecture and is Principal of WOJR, an independent design practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the Architectural Design Lead at Samara in San Francisco. O’Brien is also one of the founding members of the collaborative practice, Collective–LOK. In 2013 Architectural Record awarded him with the Design Vanguard Award, a prize given to ten practitioners internationally. The same year, Wallpaper* magazine named him one of the top twenty emerging architects in the world, and included him in the 2013 Architects Directory.
O’Brien pursued his graduate studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design where he was the recipient of the Master of Architecture Faculty Design Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, the MacDowell Colony, and the Civitella Ranieri.